Way to go, Wipeout!

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Way to go, Wipeout!

Okay, so last night I was feeling particularly weighed down by responsibility and I ended up watching Wipeout.  If you don’t know what it is…

Wipeout is an American game show series in which contestants compete in what is billed as the “world’s largest obstacle course”.

Thanks, Wikipedia!  Anyway, Wipeout is always an entertaining waste of time, but it doesn’t usually tackle anything more serious than…er…big balls.

Big Rubber Balls

Told you so.

So the show does brief, funny interviews with a lot of the contestants, and believe me, if they can find some way to mock one, they will.  On last night’s episode they introduced a woman who was planning to donate her winnings to animal protection causes.  Awesome!  Here’s the interview, which I scribbled down afterwards.  (I think I did a lousy job on the verbatim part, but the basic jist is there.):

Interviewer Jill Wagner: So, you’re a vegetarian?

(Awkward pause.)

Contestant Jonelle Tierney: Well, kinda…I eat fish…and chicken.

Wagner: Oh okay, so you’re against animal cruelty–except for chickens and fish!

Tierney: (laughs nervously) Well, yeah.  We had chickens.  We had chickens on our farm.

Wagner: Your farm?  So you’ve killed chickens?

Tierney: No…turkeys.

Wagner: (laughs) Okay, so you’re against animal cruelty except for chickens and fish and turkeys and…anything else?

Tierney: …cows…

Wagner laughed about how the contestant sounded like she was more in favour of animal cruelty than against it, and later on, the announcers joked about her only being concerned about the cute animals, like puppies and kittens.  And until she was eliminated mid-episode, her nickname was “Killer Animal Lover” or some variety of that!  It was pretty fantastic.  So a big thanks to Wipeout for acknowledging one of the most striking examples of cognitive dissonance in the world today and for managing to be hilarious at the same time.

I wouldn’t worry too much about Jonelle, though–most people (including some of the best animal activists in the world!) started out loving some animals and eating others, so maybe she’ll figure things out eventually.



June 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Nice post Becci. This is hilarious!

Nicholas Overstreet

June 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I just watched this episode tonight and I think I’ve fallen in love with Jonelle. Too bad she didn’t win 🙁


June 23, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Got a thing for inconsistency, eh, Nicholas? 😉 Thanks for commenting!


June 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm

In related TV vegan news, on Millionaire Matchmaker this week, matchmaker Patti was asking how a former player, a big Greek guy named Zagros, had changed. He replied that he had become vegan, and she dismissed this saying: “I want to know how you’ve changed, not your diet.” But veganism is a personal change. It changes your entire orientation with the world. So boo-urns Patti, and go Zagros!


April 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

I think jonelle is cute. I think she meant like animal cruelty like people not feeding and beating pets. Eating cows, chickens, turkeys, pigs and other things is yummy and not cruelty. Thats why i like to go hunt them. I wouldnt hunt my cat though. Oh i forgot deer. yum. Your all missin out.

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